Sunday, October 09, 2011

My September Recap

I apologize for my absence but as they say, I took a blog vacation. I didn’t mean for it to be so long, but time got away from me. I have been a little busy though. I even met up with a few of you for the shopping day in New York. Here’s the loot to prove it.

This is what I got from Metro Textiles.

From the top row, the corduroy is from Mood, the two knits in the top row are from Spandex House. The bottom two fabrics are from Elliot Berman.

Sorry I didn’t take any group pictures, but my main reason for going was to buy lace for my skirt project that I talked about in my last post. Let’s just say trying to find 6-7 inch black woven lace is not one easy task. I was a little discouraged as I wanted to start on my skirt right away and then realized it had to go on the back burner. Anyway, I was able to find two different designs at Pacific Trim, and one oddly enough on Etsy.

It’s recycled but I don’t care. I think it very pretty. Here are my choices. The 2 on the top on Pacific Trim and the one on the bottom is the reclaim lace.

Let me know which one you like the best. Here is the picture of the skirt again.

To take my mind off of the skirt I decided to design a dress for my four year old girlfriend who lives across the street from me. She told me she wanted purple and I said okay. She even came over and helped me mark up her dress. Of course I marked it first and she went over the lines I had already made. I had the idea of making a romper so I purchased Simplicity 5489 which is a basic romper pattern that I picked up at Joanns. The corduroy fabric is from Joanns as well.

I decided that I wanted to place a bunny rabbit on it. That’s when the wheels started turning. Instead of placing a patchwork type shape of a rabbit on the dress, I decided to make it a pocket.

I found a picture/outline of a rabbit online, blew it up, traced it on to tracing paper and then outlined it making it bigger because it wasn’t big enough to use as a pocket. I cut 2 pieces of fabric, interfacing one of the sides to make it sturdy. After attaching the rabbit pocket on to the dress, I thought it looked a little plain so I added a ruffle to the top of the romper.

Since my little buddy is still getting use to buttons, I tried to make it easier on her since she is dressing herself and gave her snaps to close the romper.

Now to complete this outfit, what rabbit would not like something to snack on between feedings. Let’s just say the dress was a hit and my dear little friend ran off to go and play with her dress.

In knitting news, I did finish my sweater and got a chance to wear it before the cold wave set in.

It was a hit and I got a few offers but I stayed strong.

This baby is for me, and I love the yarn I used.

Up next, some more knitting for others and a new dress, McCalls 6118 to dance my butt off in.


MushyWear said...

I'm jealous of your fabric haul :) You are going to make some awesome things with it. The dress you made is so adorable!! I can see why it was a hit. Your sweater is beautiful and fits great. I love the colors in the yarn!

Unknown said...

That little girl looks so happy in her new dress. It is lovely. Did you make your own tags? I was also at the meet-up, just in the other group. Hopefully next time we can meet. I had so much fun. Your sweater is amazing, love it.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Your neighbor's dress is just stunning and she looks so adorable in it!

I pick the reclaimed lace for your skirt...will be interesting to see which one you choose and the finished skirt! Great fabric purchases too!

Sheila said...

As you know, I know you have been busy and you did an awesome job with the adorable dress. Great fabric haul and as I said before the sweater looks great on you.

Tanya said...

Love the dress, what a cutie and your sweater is TDF, love it.

Lori said...

What great fabrics! I really like the middle lace and the dress you made is so darling. Fantastic job.

Faye Lewis said...

Just want you to know that you've made me jealous of that beautiful Metro haul.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Your neighbor is a real cutie and so is your sweater!

Adrienne said...

Gorgeous fabrics!

Anonymous said...

The sweater looks great! You look fabulous :)

How cute is your little friend? I love that you can put the carrots in the pockets. You crack me up!!!!

meli88a said...

You have been busy! I am envying your Elliot Berman haul!

Bonnie O. said...

Love and envy your fabric purchases!!

One of my faults is I'm always rushing - both physically and mentally - and this includes reading. So when I read, ok skimmed, this blog post. I skipped from the black lace skirt right to the bunny applique and thought you intended to put it on the skirt. As a pocket, no less.

I think I physically cringed and thought, "Good lord, woman, what are you thinking???" LOL

After slowing down and re-reading, I love the bunny romper. :-)

Cennetta said...

Jennie, Love the fabric. And the little lady is as cute as a button in her new romper. Great job.

Lisette M said...

Your girlfriend looks adorable in her gorgeous new dress.
So you finished the IK sweater in that yummy fabric!Looks great!
I owe you a call, been crazy with my son's theater production, guess who is head seamstress?

The Slapdash Sewist said...

The new dress for your friend is so adorable! How sweet. Love your fabric picks!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great month. Love the dress.

Rosie said...

Andrea, it's great to see you back. Sorry I missed you ladies at shopping day but you know where I was :-). I love the reclaimed lace the best. Your little neighbor is just adorable. The sweater is banging girlfriend!

Monique said...

Andrea! I love this sweater! I can understand why people were asking for it.
I find that amazing BTW. People ask for your knitting as if you snapped your fingers and there it was. It's easier to buy a sweater than make one!
Anywhoo, I love the colors in this and it looks great on you.
You can wear this one all year round. ;-)


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